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12-26-2012, 12:07 PM   #16
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I think the 16-45mm rec. is really the best here. It is a solid lens and I think it would remain useful for a pretty long time.

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The 18-55 WR is a solid companion for your K-5, Good IQ and all-weather Confidence.

Add to that a SMC-M 50mm 1:2 for great All-Manual fun and you should still have money left for a tall, cold. drink!

Have Fun!
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QuoteOriginally posted by harleynitelite Quote
After blowing a big bunch on christmas, I have 250 left over and wanted to know if you had to choose just one lens for your camera and had only 250 what would it be? I have a k5 currently, without a lens, and was thinking about the Pentax 1.8 50mm for around 240. Any suggestions would be appreciated...the only thing I dont like about the 50 is the plastic mount.
Lots of answers here based on your monetary criteria but no one can answer your question without knowing what your intent is.

Are you doing portraits, landscape, macro, aerial, architectural....?

Or do you just want a lens for your K-5 to look "the part"?
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18-35mm + manual prime

One sleeper lens that no one has mentioned is the autofocus kit lens from the late 1990's, 18-35mm zoom. Not the best at anything, yet it has very predictable performance (especially if you pick up a discontinued version of Adobe Elements 9 or Corel's Paint Shop Pro XII - works well with global sharpening). Perfectly suitable for wide-angle to normal views. It is a little slow, but the K-5 can compensate with superior high-ISO performance. Then, the other $150 could be spent on a nice manual 50mm f/1.4. Actually, I can sell you both, since I do not use them much anymore, having upgraded to higher quality zooms in conjunction with other software. (I might have a UV filter for both, but I will have to look) Just send me a PM if interested.

The picture is with the 18-35mm on a lowly Pentax K100D Super, 6.1 megapixels. The K-5 would do better with a slow lens like this.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Corto-PA Quote
The 18-55 WR is a solid companion for your K-5, Good IQ and all-weather Confidence.
I had all versions of 1kit 8-55's except DA-L, all brand new, where AL-I was the best, the AL-WR was the worst, kinda weird and maybe my copies I don't know, but just for your information.
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New DA 35/2.4 is a really good lens for that price. May be + UV filter.
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Congrats on your camera, I got mine yesterday as well.

If you can extend your budget by $25, you can get a used 18-55 WR ($100) and a new DA 35 f2.4 ($175).
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Congrats on your camera, I got mine yesterday as well.

If you can extend your budget by $25, you can get a used 18-55 WR ($100) and a new DA 35 f2.4 ($175).
Or perhaps a used manual focus 90mm macro instead of a DA 35?? Macro is fun to work with and gives endless possibilities.



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Or perhaps a used manual focus 90mm macro instead of a DA 35?? Macro is fun to work with and gives endless possibilities.

Speak of the devil, I actually purchased a used Sigma 50mm 2.8 Macro last night. While it is probably not as good of a macro as a 90mm or portrait lens as a 50 1.8/1.7/1.4, I am hoping it will be a 'jack of all trades'. This could be something for the OP to consider as well.
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I think that we need to consider that the OP has no lenses for a very nice camera. Without really knowing the intent, I think either the 16-45mm or the 35mm f2.4. Either lens could be found in the right price range, especially if bought used (check adorama, keh, and b and h used departments as well as this forum's marketplace). The DA 40mm xs is also a solid lens and within the budget.

I think longer focal lengths than 40mm on APS-C start to get a little purpose specific and since this a camera with no lens, I think "normal" length lenses are sensible.
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Well since the OP asked for one lens I would suggest the DA 35 2.4 also. When I plot my Exif data I see a lot my images are in this FL. You can't beat the price/performance you will get. And it will still leave you some extra cash for used A50 mm lens
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